Blog of a Childrens Entertainer - Tricky Toby
As the sun came out on a beautiful May morning I was invited to perform at the twins birthday party in a quiet street tucked away in leafy Croydon's outback.
Twins Daniel and Amber were entertaining their friends in the garden and it actually turned out I had met their Grandma when I was a teacher a few years ago. Well, everyone was sitting ready before I had even put my stuff down! Let's go! Come on!!
So moving quickly along, it was a perfect opportunity for magical fun and laughter and of course just when Dad thought he could sit and watch we had him up to help too! Dad is actually a rather excellent musician but no we don't want to you to play your guitar right now! Hilarious faces and complete amazement all round. Thanks Dad and mum sensibly avoided in case she got wet too. But not too wet!
We took some lovely group photos with Mr Rabbit included. So now they want one for their unbirthdays tomorrow!
Thinking back through the years I have done magic for children, it is so amazing that our little ones are so unique and love the mystery of magic. Super party, super family! Thanks for inviting me. Have a great year from Tricky Toby
A peaceful street in Fulham, a stones throw from Parsons Green tube. Relaxing in the warm Sunday afternoon spring sunlight. Little did he know that behind a sensible grey front door were about twenty bonkers children waiting to pounce!
Magic rabbit hidden safely away, our intrepid entertainer presses the doorbell. Too late! The children all know that Tricky Toby has arrived. Mum & Dad look so relieved to see me. And then it hits me!! I met most of the guests in Putney just over a month ago. Do I have a completely new show up my sleeves? Mais non!
OK breathe deeply and magically- think!! It's times like these that the super-experienced entertainer reinvents himself. (Well I have been a magician for over eight years-you learn a thing or two!).
Giovanni and his friends are so happy to see me at his fifth birthday party and all the parents arrange their drinks to get a good view too. Yes, I have to amaze the adults too!
It's ok. I'm MADE FOR CHELSEA!!
Fortunately G isn't even a bit shy and when news of a 'snake' being part of the show today reaches all the children's ears then I have them transfixed (all part of the service- the transfixing thing!) Well, Giovanni did the magic laundry, his little friend Nicole (3 and going on 12!) was a wonderful artist and Sam helped me tame the wild snake hiding in a big wicker basket. By the way, Simon the snake has a reputation for spraying the audience with his water pistol so hide your plasma screen and the cat!
Absolutely fabulously silly and funny too. And of course G proved to be an excellent magician himself. A REAL RABBIT! Had he seen that before? Absolutely but it's all different when it is YOUR BIRTHDAY! A group photo with rabbit included and time for balloons. By popular demand balloon swords were unleashed in the garden and a party bash got any excess energy out! As a parent myself I realise how important it is that children sleep well at night!!! What a service Tricky Toby provides! THANK YOU TRICKY TOBY lol
Hooray! Spring is arriving. It feels like the year is finally beginning! It's not too late to book me!
There is nothing more fun than a magic show in a sunny London garden. Over the years I have performed in an amazing variety of locations. Being a magician/ entertainer in London means driving all over this wonderful city of ours. If you have just found me and my website, I do travel to all points on the compass within a 15 mile radius of London.
I want to start by saying THANK YOU! to all parents and children who have invited me over this last year to their special day. Some have booked me again and again! My diary is filling up and this year looks to be a really exciting one. May is already busy with birthdays and holy communion celebrations.
A BIG thanks too to all customers who have taken a little time to put a kind review of my show. The East Dulwich forum has been especially kind. Do remember to check that out. Joanna Jubb, a professional photographer has worked hard to make my new video. So many people have complemented me and it fits very nicely with the theme of the website. It looks simple but one of the hardest things is to make something short and beautiful at the same time. So thanks again Joanna.
Last weekend I had a show in Highgate for Gabriels 4th birthday. What a lovely family and what super friends he had there. My little mouse house was a huge hit- and Micky the real white rabbit also joined us from his magic hutch too! We all enjoyed games, balloons and a cake too! Thanks Mum! Then I had to zoom back to south London to Forest Hill Pools for Megan's party. There was a huge crowd with all parents deciding to sit and watch. A good magic show seems to have hypnotic powers over young and old! Megan was quiet but clearly enjoyed all the attention. Her friend Max also helped to make a really memorable time with his funny laughter. BONKERS!!! Megan kindly helped to make some magic sweets for all her guests-deliciously made from smelly socks. Yes, that's what I said. Tricky Toby is all over London. Be with you soon!
Well, thanks to some kind reviews of my recent magic shows in the Dulwich area and local forums, I have had a very busy beginning to the year.
January can a little inpredictable looking at my old diaries. One Saturday I had three shows in a row in the Dulwich and Clapham area. Early shows around 11am are a good idea. Parents arrange the party for a lunchtime snack after my magic show. This leaves the whole afternoon free. Very sensible.
Little Connie had a fourth birthday close to Dulwich Park. She had her own little rabbit toy (called Bunny) she wouldn't let go of. Which was so funny for everyone there and she included him in all the magic we did. My little mouse house where a mouse hides and appears had her captivated. Her friends were also convinced they had seen a white mouse in one of the windows. No way! He was hiding down the chimney.
Then I rushed over to Kaz restaurant in Lordship Lane for a three year old party and had to entertain the adults too! Charlie was an excellent assistant and used the magic pen and painting set and made all my colours disappear. I could hardly keep up with him! When Mr. Rabbit came out to huge applause, he made sure that everybody there had a little stroke. What a brilliant little host. Balloons were made to order by me and two 'supermen' tried to convince us all they were the real thing! Hilarious! Thanks to Candy and Mike for the lovely 70's theme too.
Then a short trip from there to another party for Adriana who was celebrating her 5th birthday. I came in only to be recognised by a friend's daughter who was a guest. Of course I pleaded complete ignorance and a hilarious magic show ensued. Adriana was suprised by all the attention but loved to be rewarded for her efforts with loud applause. I have a brilliant trick where the child uses her thoughts to 'communicate' with the audience with the help of a kitchen whisk. Don't ask how that works!!
For their annual Christmas Party, young patients with dietary restrictions were invited to come along and have a great time. The staff really put a lot of effort into making a lovely event. This year Tricky Toby was magical entertainer and games organiser!
ogether with their parents, the children all arrived on time. We had a lovely time together with Simon the magic snake, the mystery of the Painter's Prediction and a whole load of interactive fun. Mr. Rabbit of course magically appeared and was a big hit with the children. I was also entertaining the parents who perhaps have had a year of worrying over their little ones.
Special food was all laid on and we played some top games and gold (coloured!) medals were awarded to the winners. Everybody won at least one prize and the children were very kind to each other I noticed.
I prepared them all to meet Father Christmas who gave each child a super gift. The organisers were very happy with my show and I also felt it went very well. I wanted to stay longer but was due to perform at a charity event for the Typhoon appeal in South London (plus I cut my hand on a door in the car park!) so had to zoom off. Thanks to Nicky and all the helpers who were on hand. God bless all the families this time of year and have a healthy New Year. Take care, Tricky Toby.